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Jack Maroushek scored twice in the first period, and Tyler DeFore twice in the game to lead Red Wing to a 5-3 victory over Big Nine Conference foe Austin on Thursday. Jack opened the scoring 1 minute, 24 seconds into the game on an assist from Ryan Swanson. The Packers tied it at 2:57 with Jack Dankert's unassisted tally. Jack was back at it at 6:19, unassisted, to put the Wingers up 2-1. Tanner Hoban fed Bryar Flanders at 9:43 to make it 2-2, but DeFore answered at 14:08 to give Red Wing a lead it would not relinquish.
Red Wing completely dominated Austin on Thursday, piling up two handfuls of goals on its way to a 10-0 Big Nine Conference victory over the Packers. Emily Hart and Taylor Heise each had three goals for the Wingers, with Heise adding four assists for a seven-point game. Maria Haley had a pair of goals for Red Wing, with Sophia DiNatale and Solveig Roth also finding the net. Kendal Swanson also had a multi-point game with two assists. Eliza DiNatale and Nicole Oberding also had helping hands in goals.
With three players in double digits and a defense that limited Mankato West to 33 percent shooting, the Red Wing girls' basketball team won its third straight game Friday, 63-38, in Mankato. Lindsay Reps was 7 of 10 shooting, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range to lead the Wingers with 19 points along with four steals. Morgan Zebro hit a team-high four 3-pointers to finish with 15 points, and Kyli Nelson hit a trio of 3-pointers in a 13-point effort off the bench.
Three players in double-figures was not enough for Pine Island on Friday as Rochester Lourdes snagged a 64-55 Hiawatha Valley League victory over the Panthers. Eliza Warneke (16), Brooke Sinning (16) and Autumn Pin (10) were the scoring leaders for Pine Island.
Free throws sealed the deal for Lake City on Friday as the Tigers remained perfect in Hiawatha Valley League play with a 65-55 victory over Byron. Nathan Heise led the Tigers with a career-high 20 points. Lake City hit 12 3-pointers, and finished 17 of 24 from the foul line to pull away from what was a four-point lead with less than two minutes to play.
Allison Kubista's 22 points, much of which came on five 3-pointers, led Lake City to a 66-56 victory over Byron on Friday. Daynalyn Jostock added 20 points in the Hiawatha Valley League victory, and Deandra Oelkers had nine points, six assists and four steals.
Cannon Falls had a one-point halftime lead on Hiawatha Valley League opponent Hayfield on Friday. But the Vikings owned the final 18 minutes, eventually pulling away for a 48-35 victory. Cobie Vagts had 10 points for the Bombers, with Ryan Dircx adding nine. Carlton Lindow had six points in the loss.
Undefeated Goodhue traveled to two-loss Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Friday in what was hoped to be a big Hiawatha Valley League showdown between the Highway 58 rivals. But the Wildcats dominated the contest, holding the Cougars to 13 first-half points en route to a 55-37 victory.
The dual as a whole, by score, was not all that entertaining. Zumbrota-Mazeppa beat up Goodhue, 51-13, on Thursday. But the Hiawatha Valley League matchup was not without entertainment.
Limiting Zumbrota-Mazeppa to 12 first-half points, Goodhue beat its Highway 58 rivals on Friday in a 55-32 Hiawatha Valley League victory in Goodhue. Maddy Miller paced the Wildcats with 18 points, followed by a 13-point, eight-rebound performance from Sydney Lodermeier. McKenzie Ryan scored eight points, and Emily Benrud continued her strong rebounding streak with eight boards to go with seven points.